15.08.13 Beauty, Hair

Hair Trend Alert: The Pixie Cut

Pixie Cut Trend

When Beyonce chopped off her hair last week, it was one of the most shocking celebrity haircuts in quite a while. In all honesty, the cut was likely a combination of removing extensions and cutting some hair, but the results were surprisingly (Sasha) Fierce, and I’m excited to see Queen Bey rock her shorter ‘do–especially since many people associate her entire persona with her gorgeous long hair.

And right on Mrs. Carter’s heels was another dramatic hair change: Model Coca Rocha cut her mid-length tresses into a edgy cut–super short around the sides with a bit more length on the top. Keeping the extra length on the top will allow for lots of variety at photoshoots (as Coco has already revealed via Instagram), and the shorter length shows off the model’s striking bone structure far more than her previous look.

By cutting off their locks, these two ladies have joined the ranks of stars who have dared to go super short.

Robin Wright has been rocking a pixie for about a year now, and she showed off her low maintenance crop once again this week on the red carpet.

And Ginnifer Goodwin, who has one of the most famous (and long-lasting) pixie cuts in Hollywood loves her short cut so much that she actually writes it into her filming contracts–she gets to keep the hair short and wear wigs for roles!

To keep your own pixie looking chic day after day, use Short Sexy Hair Quick Change Shaping Balm to create a style that is easily reactivated the next day, and to shape your hair and hold it in place, Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Dry Sculpting Pomade is a great option. If it’s moisture and shine you want, try Carol’s Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey.

So what do you think? Are all these ladies rocking the short hair, or do you prefer them with longer locks?

Piixe cut products

Short Sexy Hair Quick Change Shaping Balm
Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Sculpting Pomade
Carol’s Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey

Credit: Getty, Beyonce and Coco Rocha’s instagram

29.07.13 Beauty, Hair

Get the Look: Rose Byrne’s ‘Blue Jasmine’ Textured Summer Updo

Get the Look Rose Byrne’s Textured Summer Updo

Rose Bryne walked the red carpet for the ‘Blue Jasmine’ LA premiere looking the very picture of summer. So we went to her hairstylist Richard Marin and got the full details on how to recreate the look on your own hair.

First, Marin sprayed Rose’s wet hair with L’anza Healing Smooth Thermal Defense Heat Styler and then blow dryed it with a Remington TIStudio Silk Ceramic Ionic AC Professional Hair Dryer to ensure her hair was protected from the heat and frizz-free.

Next, Marin took a ¾ inch curling iron and curled every other section of Rose’s hair–by using her own texture along with the curled waves, Marin had a multi-textured look to work with.

Then, Marin took Oribe Rough Luxury Molding Wax and ran it through the hair to break up the curls and blend the textures together.

Next, he dragged the hair into a high ponytail and fastened it at the crown with a Blax hair band. Next, he bobby pinned the hair into a loose bun, and finally, finished the look by spraying Rene Furterer Huile D’été Protectrice Protective Summer Oil to add shine, tame flyaways and give a carefree summer effect.

Rose Byrne

L’anza Healing Smooth Thermal Defense Heat Styler
Remington TIStudio Silk Ceramic Ionic AC Professional Hair Dryer
Oribe Rough Luxury Molding Wax
Blax Hair Bands
Rene Furterer Huile D’été Protectrice Protective Summer Oil

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19.07.13 Beauty, Hair

ESPY Awards Trend Spotting: Long, Loose Waves

ESPY Awards Trend Spotting Long, Loose Waves

When it came to their hair at Wednesday’s ESPY Awards, nearly all the lovely attendees chose to wear it down. And while a few people went for a sleek look (Danica Patrick, Marisa Miller), there were lots of tousled waves, and quite a few deep, side parts, too. Trend alert!

Lake Bell and Katherine Webb epitomized the effortless, summer look, while Chrissy Teigen took her part even deeper, and left her curls a bit more precise, and kept the top of her locks straight. Olivia Wilde’s translation of the trend was the ‘cleanest’, with a smoother, less tousled curl.

To achieve this look, you want to keep (or add!) some texture to your hair as you blow dry, so add a mousse to your wet hair, and then rough dry it (use only your fingers to tousle as you dry–no brush).

Once it’s dry, spray it with a texturizing spray, and then chose the location of your part. Once the part is in place, use a curling iron and curl your entire head, alternating directions of the curl to create a messier look. If you want to recreate Chrissy’s look, instead of winding the entire length of your hair on the wand, stop mid-length to keep the top straight.

Once the curls are complete, run your fingers through them to pull them a little looser and make things a bit more tousled.

Finally, set the look with a flexible hold hair spray to keep the waves in place, but still moving.

ESPY Awards Hair

Redken Curvaceous Wave Ahead Texturizing Mousse
Oscar Blandi Pronto Texture &Volume Spray
DevaCurl Flexible Hold Hairspray

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09.07.13 Beauty, Hair

Hair Trend Spotting: Wig Out

Hair Trend Wigs

One of the easiest ways to change your hairstyle without any real commitment? A wig, of course. While many women shy away from the idea of rocking a wig as if it was their own hair, there has definitely been a trend recently of stars covering their natural tresses with a faux ‘do.

Pace Wu rocked a messy, highlighted shag as a stark contrast to her long, dark tresses, and Fan Binging went short and geometric with a chic angular bob over her own glossy locks.

Ciara tried out two different blonde wigs at the BET Awards–short, curled and blonde for her walk down the red carpet and a longer, waved (and dare I say Rihanna-esque) blonde look for her performance. And since Ciara is somewhat of a hairstyle chameleon, neither of these looks was a far cry from her real hair– just longer and shorter versions of her shoulder-length, blonde ‘do.

Nicole Kidman took a sexy turn in a textured, red bob in the Fall 2013 Jimmy Choo ad campaign, and she looked stunning in her natural hair colour–a far cry from the blonde hue she’s been wearing for quite some time.

And if you’re inspired by these stars to get wiggy, the key to looking like a celeb while wearing a wig is twofold: getting a high quality hair piece, and its styling. A good brush, the right type of styling product to protect the wig, and even some simple cutting (visit a pro) to customize the piece exactly to your head and face shape. Click here for a great resource for wigs and accessories for UK readers.

Credit: Jimmy Choo, ImagineChina & Getty

26.06.13 Beauty, Hair

Hair Trend Spotting: Half-Up Half-Down Hair

Hair Trend Spotting Half-Up Hair

Wearing long hair half pulled up and half down has all but disappeared as a trendy hairstyle in recent years, but several stars have been spotted with the style recently–in fact, three just this week! It looks like the celebs (and their stylists) are bringing this look back in a big way.

Jessica Chastain pulled her hair back in a low, loose clasp–maintaining the hair’s part–for a casually chic look, while Kristin Davis pulled just the top front section of her hair straight back for an effortless–and might I add very Charlotte-esque – style.

Sandra Bullock walked the red carpet with a messy, textured version of the style, and by keeping a deep side part and strategically pinning strands in place, her messy approach ends up looking the dressiest of any of the stars.

The options for recreating this style are almost limitless by pulling back various amounts of hair and keeping hair smooth or creating texture, so it’s easy to make the style work for your particular hair.

Also, you can make the style even more personal by choosing fun clasps to fasten the hair in place.


PLUIE Starfish Barrette
France Luxe Enamel Barrette
L. Erickson ‘Small Couture Bow’ Barrette in Mandarin

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14.06.13 Beauty, Hair

Hair Trend Spotting: She Bangs

She Bangs Celebrity Fringes

Bangs are such a huge trend among celebrities right now that they’re almost past the point of being a trend–everyone has them! In fact, just this week, Jessica Alba, January Jones and Lauren Conrad debuted new fringe.

So if you’re considering taking the bangs plunge, but aren’t sure which type you want, here are some fabulous celebrity bangs to offer up some inspiration.

Lauren’s bangs are a great example of heavy, eyelid-grazing bangs, which are a great addition to long hair.

Rashida’s bangs are fun and choppy–they are actually cut in various lengths, and are thinner all the way across–this type of bangs look great with many different hair lengths, and offer a very relaxed effect.

Alice offers a great example of wearing a thick fringe swept to the side, and this elegant look lends some versatility to the ‘straight across the forehead’ look most people associate with bangs. They don’t have to be limiting.

Kerry Washington’s bangs offer some movement to her shoulder-length ‘do because they are thinned at the ends for a more delicate, wispy effect. This is a great way to get bangs without getting a heavy look.

So if you’re ready to commit, just take a photo of your favorite celebrity fringe to your hairstylist, so the look can be emulated on your own locks.

Still nervous? Get the look without the scissors with clip-in bangs. They are surprisingly easy to put in, and can look completely real with just a little styling. And most kinds can be styled just like your regular hair.

Clip On Bangs

Hairdo Clip-In Bangs
WOW Bangs by Daisy Fuentes

Credit: Getty & FameFlynet

07.06.13 Beauty, Hair

Hair Style How-To: The Faux Bob

Hair Style How-To The Faux Bob

Between the magic of hair extensions and pro hairstyle tricks like the faux bob, it often seems like celebrities have some magic up their sleeves for making their hair grow faster. Well, if like many celebs, you would also like to sport shorter hair for a night, we’ve got details straight from the pros on one of those celebrity hair tricks: The Faux Bob.

Both Emma Watson and fellow actress Haley Bennett wore their hair in faux bobs to the Los Angeles premiere of ‘The Bling Ring,’ and we got Haley’s stylist, Mara Roszak, to break down exactly how she created the shortened ‘do on Haley’s long red locks.

First, Mara applied Leonor Greyl Mousse au Lotus Volumatrice to Haley’s wet hair, and then she ‘rough dryed’ it, which simply means getting the bulk of the moisture out of wet hair by flipping the head over and shaking the hair with your hand. No tools, no precision, just getting hair dry.

Next, Mara curled small sections of the hair with a one-inch barrel curling iron and wrapped them into pin curls, and let them sit for 10 minutes.

Then she removed the curls and brushed them out with a Mason Pearson All Boar Brush (a favorite among hairstylists!) and back-combed at the roots to create some volume.

Then came the pinning: Working in small sections, Mara started at the ends of Haley’s hair and rolled it under and up until she reached the scalp, and then pinned. Once it was all pinned in place, shorter pieces around the face were pulled loose to create a more natural look.

For longer hair like Haley’s, this method of creating a curled ‘bob’ helps create a more textured, realistic look. But for shorter hair, you can create a sleek ‘bob,’ like Emma’s, by simply eliminating the curling process.

Faux Bob Tools

Leonor Greyl Mousse au Lotus Volumatrice
L’Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Hold Hairspray Unscented
Hot Tools White Pearl 1-Inch Gold Curling Iron
Mason Pearson All Boar Brush
Gimme Basics Bobby Pins

Credit: Getty